2019 Scholarship Recipients




Jaryd Clifford (Athletics) 

“I am honoured to receive this scholarship for its recognition of my potential to one day etch my own name alongside the sporting heroes of our nation. It is also an honour to read the names of those who have come before me and remember how far they have come since their own youth.”

“To then be granted one-one-one access with one of those heroes, the great Lauren Burns, is an opportunity that will hopefully see me grown as an athlete, but also as a person in life.”

Mentor, Lauren Burns OAM (Taekwondo):

“Jaryd is a talented and passionate athlete and I am absolutely thrilled to be working with him. I am looking forward to assisting him in any way I can towards his journey to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020.”



Tess Coady (Snowboard):

“I am extremely privileged to be a successful SAHOF Scholarship recipient. I am really looking forward to meeting and getting to know my mentor Nick Green, and I feel he will be able to offer me some extremely valuable advice. This scholarship is a really great opportunity for me and will be very helpful for the future of my career.”

Mentor, Nick Green OAM (Rowing):

“It is a great privilege to be able to pass on some of my knowledge to Tess, I also can’t wait to learn from her. Having teenage daughters of my own, I know that I will be able to listen to Tess and support and guide her growth as an athlete. She has a bright future ahead and I can’t wait to be part of it.”




Giorgia Patten (Rowing):

“I am very excited to receive this scholarship, it is an amazing opportunity to be mentored by an extremely successful athlete.”

“I’m really looking forward to learning from Rechelle on being the best person I can be while balancing life as an elite athlete and studying physiotherapy. Support from a role model such as Rechelle will greatly assist me in many aspects of my life but most importantly to achieve my dreams as an athlete in the sport I love that is rowing.”

Mentor, Rechelle Hawkes AM (Hockey):

“Giorgia is a 20-year-old on a mission. She is a rising star in the sport of rowing and whilst committing to her busy rowing schedule, she also finds the time to study physiotherapy and volunteer at her local rowing club. With this drive and commitment, she is already displaying at such a young age, I can't wait to work with Giorgia, as she displays the type of qualities which are the building blocks to future success and I am very excited about her future prospects.”




Cassiel Rousseau (Diving):

“I feel extremely privileged to have been offered a SAHOF Scholarship. As an athlete, one gets advice from coaches, teachers, parents and fellow athletes. This scholarship offers me an invaluable tool which few athletes are lucky enough to get, a sporting great, a mentor, in my case Karla Gilbert. Karla has achieved so much, both in and out of her sporting career, so to have a mentor who can give me advice on life lessons will be priceless.”

“I am delighted to have access to an Aussie great and look forward to learning from Karla and be able to pass on what I learn from her to younger athletes.”

Mentor, Karla Gilbert OAM (surf life saving):

“Cassiel is already stamping his authority in the sport of diving and I’m honoured to be stepping in and supporting his goals through mentoring.”

“Diving is a sport that requires crazy amounts of focus and mental strength and this is the area where I hope to assist Cassiel in developing further. Cassiel has achieved so much at such a young age and his future in the sport is certainly looking very bright.” 




Cameron Shields (Motor Sport):

“To be selected in one of Australia’s most prestigious scholarship programs is remarkable. The recognition I may receive from being a part of this program and the advice from my mentor will be invaluable for the progression of my racing career. This is the beginning of a new journey for me and it is one I cannot wait to embark on.”

Mentor, Graeme Lloyd (baseball):

“I am looking forward to this opportunity and challenge to help this young talent improve and become the force that I believe he can be in racing.”

“I really love the idea of mentoring athletes from different sports. I think it can open up a whole new facet or way of thinking that might not have been explored yet”

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When considering the stature of an athlete or for that matter any person, I set great store in certain qualities which I believe to be essential in addition to skill. They are that the person conducts his of her life with dignity, with integrity, courage, and perhaps most of all, with modesty. These virtues are totally compatible with pride, ambition, and competitiveness.